Barcelona Overtourism Introduction

Across Europe a backlash is building against the spiralling growth of tourism (overtourism) in some of the continent’s most popular urban destinations. In Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik and Barcelona tensions are growing as local populations release their frustrations in growing protests as ramifications become increasingly severe. No clear answer seems to develop from local government. With […]

Indigenous people and tourism – report launch

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Launch is planned for January 26th January 2017* Human zoos, exploitation and dubious ‘traditions’ that actually inhibit real cultural exchange – the relationship between tourists and indigenous people is complex and frequently disappointing for both, with often only tour operators benefiting. However tourism can bring in much-needed revenue to indigenous communities – who are often […]

Indigenous People and Tourism – Film and discussion

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Indigenous peoples are self-defined groups of ethnically and culturally distinct peoples, whose language, traditions and social institutions have largely withstood the impacts of colonisation or other incoming groups and cultures to a region. Whilst indigenous tourism can be very positive, a form of revitalisation for their cultures and a force of empowerment for the people. Other instances see […]

Spain

Situated in Western Europe where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, Spain lures over 50 million visitors each year with its sun, sea, sand and vibrant culture. Once a country comprising of quiet fishing villages and Catholic traditions, the tourism boom of the 1950’s and the end of a 36 year dictatorship in the 1970’s saw […]

What is it about the behaviour of travellers when abroad?

The press and media generally has been full of stories recently about the behaviour of British travellers when abroad, most notably the case of a group who stripped off their clothes to varying degrees on top of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. This was a mountain deemed sacred by the locals, and worse still, their actions […]

A sustainable community in Kunisaki

  Tour operator Paul Christie describes his community project in Japan: You intend to live here? The question greeted us as we began to fulfil our long-held dream of living in the countryside. Yet the speaker was not querying us so much as expressing her astonishment that anyone would want to live in her neighbourhood, albeit […]

Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15

Our Annual Report and Accounts Over the year we continued to work on a range of educational and awareness raising activities, developing our strategies and aims through research and consultation. We produced two reports, one on All Inclusive resorts and the other on volunteering; however our main focus was on launching the new website and […]

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